On Fire: USA's Terrence Boyd closes season with sixth goal in four games
As if the last few weeks didn't provide enough evidence that Terrence Boyd is gunning for a place in Brazil, the German-American forward's final act of the season put a stamp of authority on his furious run of form to end his campaign.
Boyd scored for the fourth straight game -- netting his sixth goal in that span -- to help Rapid Vienna to a season-ending 5-2 win over Ried on Sunday, a day before Jurgen Klinsmann announces his 30-man preliminary World Cup roster.
The 23-year-old Boyd, who has yet to score for the USA in 13 caps, now has 20 goals in all competitions and is doing his best Edson Buddle 2010 impersonation, when then then-LA Galaxy forward went on a scoring spree in April and May to play his way onto Bob Bradley's World Cup roster.
Boyd has given Klinsmann plenty to ponder in his recent run. After consecutive two-goal games against Grodig and runaway Austria Bundesliga champion Red Bull Salzburg, Boyd scored last weekend against Wacker Innsbruck before providing the eventual game-winning goal (though it made the score 3-1 at the time) on Sunday.
Of American forwards in the World Cup mix, only Aron Johannsson had more club goals than Boyd this season. Johannsson finished his season with 26 goals in all competitions, falling five goals shy of Jozy Altidore's single-season record for an American abroad, which he set last year with AZ Alkmaar. Does that mean Boyd's ticket to Brazil is ready to be punched? Not necessarily, but one would think that he certainly has done enough to earn a flight to Palo Alto, Calif., this week.